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NFL Recap: Opening week madness

Lexi Ganas

Staff Writer

Pizza, beer, and potato chip season is back in action, football season that is. With the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl for the 3rd time a lot of fans are checking out their lineup for the upcoming season. On Thursday September 8th football finally returned with Super Bowl champions the Denver Broncos going against the Carolina Panthers, the Broncos beat the Panthers by only one point, it was a close game and kept me on the edge of my seat for sure. Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe exited Thursday nights game with a neck injury, as of now his return is questionable. During the second quarter of the game Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holiday received a punt return and ran it in for a touchdown.

I spent Friday and Saturday predicting who would win the games on Sunday and Monday, my guesses were the farthest from accurate.

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With Sunday being the 15th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers and the country. There were some pretty emotional ceremonies before every game game started.

After the Philadelphia Eagles picked up Carson Wentz in a round 1 pick 2 draft Sam Bradford left the Eagles and was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles played the Cleveland Browns at home for their season opener. During Wentz’s first game he scored 2 touchdowns and had 278 yards until his belt. The Eagles ended up beating the Brows 29-10.

Heartthrob Tom Brady did not take the field on Sunday instead Jimmy Garoppolo did and ended up doing a fantastic job scoring one touchdown and having 72% of his passes accurate. Many fans are questioning if this will be Brady’s last season with the Patriots due to Garoppolo’s success.

Many people find low scoring games to be boring, but me I find them to be good because that means the defensive line is doing a good job keeping the opponent away from the end zone. The Dolphins lost to the Seahawks 10-12, this game may have seemed boring, but both teams have a very strong defensive line this season. The Buffalo Bills lost to the Baltimore Ravens 7-13, but once again a low scoring game isn’t a bad thing. Personally a team with a good defensive line is a team that will go very far.

When talking about close games the first week will come to mind, for sure. The Detroit Lions beat the Indianapolis Colts 39-35. The Green Bay Packers got their first win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a final score of 27-23. The Oakland Raiders played the New Orleans Saints which was a very close game with a final score of 35-34, Oakland.

Since Tony Romo is out due to a back injury the Dallas Cowboys put in rookie Dak Prescott who put on an amazing show, but unfortunately the Cowboys fell to the New York Giants 19-20. The Giants ended the 2015 with a win against the Cowboys, so the team just picked up where they left off.

Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg made his debut with the New York Jets, but QB Ryan Fitzpack ran the show. Hackenberg had 16 touchdowns during the 2015 season, so he’s definitely a great addiction to the Jets.

There’s always that game that goes into overtime and during week one it was the San Diego Chargers against the Kansas City Chiefs game. The final score was 27-33 with the Chiefs taking home the win.

Monday night started out with the Pittsburg Steelers playing the Washington Redskins. The Steelers beat the Redskins 38-16, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed in 3 touchdowns to lead the Steelers.
Up next was the San Francisco 49ers facing the Los Angeles Rams, the game was a complete shutout with a final score of 28-0, the 49ers really proved themselves as a team. With Chip Kelly as the newest coach for the 49ers the team looked very good, which means he’s doing his job.

Tuesday and Wednesday are recovery days and the action airs again on Thursday night with the New York Jets facing the Buffalo Bills.